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The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness shall rejoice.

Isaias 35:1

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Aaronic Benediction

[translation of phrases used in the song]

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Prayer for our Beloved Deceased

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful,
Grant to the souls of Your servants departed
Full remission of all their sins,
That through our devout prayers,
They may obtain the pardon,
Which they have always desired.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Amen.

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Lord Of All Hopefulness

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Goodness in the natural order vs its corruption

I just read this comment on the parasitic and derivative nature of evil. I think it is well-phrased and insightful.

Evil doesn't exist as a created thing, in the way a tree does. It is defined by what it is not. Darkness doesn't exist either; it's a lack of light. There are no darkness particles or darkness waves.

In the same way, evil is a lack of goodness. Rape could not exist without sex, but sex could exist without rape. There cannot be murder without the existence of life, but life could exist without murder. A lie could not happen without the existence of truth, but the truth could exist without lies.

This is how we know two other things. God is good, because all things in existence are good. Good (and thus God) is also infinitely greater and more powerful than evil, since evil can't even exist on its own.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Quote from Saint Teresa of Avila

“God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.”

May God grant us the eyes and heart of a saint.

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Too Little, Too Late

This evening's gospel was the parable of the servant who owed 10,000 talents. In his homily, Father Valentine remarked that the souls in hell can never repay the debt they owe our heavenly Father, at which point an enraged young man stormed out of Mass, tearing up his worship aid and bulletin as he went.

Was he outraged at the suggestion that our actions in this life have eternal consequences? Was he offended at the suggestion that he himself had to forgive or face the consequences? I wanted to ask him, and hear what he had to say, and reason with him, but I was too slow. It took me a few minutes to get myself out of the pew and after him, and by then he was long gone.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

For the Repose of my Mother's Soul

O God, Who hast commanded us to honor our father and our mother,
in Thy mercy have pity on the soul of my mother, and forgive her her trespasses,
and make me to see her again in the joy of everlasting brightness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen. [source]

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Introit for Pentecost

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